Arizona Safe Boating Council

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Arizona Game & Fish
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Phoenix Sail and Power

The Arizona Safe Boating Council is a collaborative effort of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the United States Power Squadrons®. The objective of the Council is to enhance boating safety through education. This website contains information for the public boating safety classes offered by the Council member organizations and activities related to boating safety.


G&FThe 8-hour Arizona Game and Fish Department certified course, Arizona Boating Education This National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) approved course includes instruction on general nautical information, different boat types, knot tying, anchoring, waste and oil disposal, risk management, weather emergencies, registration requirements, boating laws and regulations, equipment requirements, navigation rules, aids to navigation (buoys), boating accidents, Operating Under the Influence (OUI), trailering, and more.

Classes are added on a regular basis, call (602) 789-3235 for the most current information or to register.

AuxThe United States Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safety (ABS) If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating, NASBLA approved, safety course, check out the in classroom (seminar) version of our popular online boating course.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete .Topics include:

Introduction to Boating, Boating Law, Boat Safety Equipment, Safe Boating, Navigation, Boating Problems, Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat, and Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating.

For other courses offered to the general public, please get in touch with the contact person for course descriptions.

USPSThe United States Power Squadrons America's Boating Course - 3rd Edition (ABC) is our primary civic effort toward public instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating and is NASBLA approved. Both short (8-hour) and long (12-hour) formats are designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. Subjects include:

Boat handling under normal conditions, Adverse conditions and emergencies, Types of boats and boating terminology, Required and recommended equipment, Boating regulations and navigation rules, Lines and knot, Charts and aids to navigation (in 12-hour format only), Piloting techniques (in 12-hour format only), Marine radiotelephone usage, Trailer boating, State Boating Laws and Regulations

Instruction is free. Although not required, course study guides and supporting materials are available for minimal costs.


For more information on the Council member organizations visit the web sites below.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Division 10
United States Power Squadrons - Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron

Arizona Safe Boating Celebration Home Page

* The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities.If anyone believes they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the AGFD Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086, (602) 942-3000 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N.Fairfax Dr., Suite 130, Arlington, VA 22203. If you require this document in an alternative format, please contact the AGFD Deputy Director as listed above or by calling TTY at (800) 367-8939.

This site is maintained as a community service by the Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron, Inc.

Pages were last updated July 29, 2012